general election 2010

  • April 21, 2010

    An alliance of left-wing and trade union activists have launched their election campaign on a platform of workers' rights and public services, along with opposition to privatisation, war and cuts.

  • April 21, 2010

    Some very interesting results about voter attitudes to the war in Afghanistan from last night’s ComRes poll for the Independent. It comes ahead of tomorrow’s prime ministerial TV debate on Foreign Policy.

    Highlights of the poll:

    - 70 per cent of voters feel they aren’t being offered any real choice on policies with regard to Afghanistan.

    - Half don’t understand why Britain is still there

    - Almost three quarters (72 per cent) believe the war is unwinnable.

    - A third disagree that that the war will have little influence on the way they vote – including a higher proportion of young voters.

  • April 21, 2010

    Churches in Wales have said that Christians are dismayed that so little mention has been made of the war in Afghanistan during the election campaign so far.

  • April 21, 2010

    10:00am Social Democratic and Labour Party launches manifesto, West Belfast

    10:00am Martin Bell introduces 46 independent candidates endorsed by the Independent Network at The Frontline Club, London

    10:35 Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling visits Wales, focus on crime.

    11:40a, SNP leader Alex Salmond addresses Scottish Trades Union annual congress in Dundee.

    11:45am David Cameron meets students at college in Cornwall

    12:45am Nick Clegg on Radio 1's Newsbeat

    1.00pm Nick Clegg in special election call edition of Radio 4's The World At One

    2:15pm Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Vince Cable on Daily Politics debate (BBC2).

    2:30pm David Cameron makes campaign speech in Devon.

    2:30pm Nick Clegg meets pupils at primary school in Redruth in Cornwall

    7:00pm Ed Miliband, Greg Clark and Simon Hughes participate in climate change and energy debate hosted by Guardian.

    7:00pm Stop Climate Chaos holds a hustings in Solihull

    8:00pm David Cameron and Nick Clegg take questions from first time voters on BBC Three.

  • April 21, 2010

    The three leaders of the big, corporate parties are trying to re-position themselves in the public view ahead of the second leaders' TV debate tomorrow.

  • April 21, 2010

    Four Army generals have written to today's Times, saying Britain should be prepared to scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system.

  • April 21, 2010

    A Catholic group has said that the Conservative and Labour Party may undermine progress towards a 'more equal and more cohesive society' with their policies on Gypsy and Traveller communities.

  • April 20, 2010

    It's been fascinating to see recent speculation about whether 'Christians will swing the 2010 UK election?' (BBC)

    Quite often the claims are made without any reference to specific polling data, or the claims are based on very small samples, or online polls.

  • April 20, 2010

    Telegraph journalist Tim Walker has had a swipe at Nick Clegg over religion in an article entitled: 'Atheist Nick Clegg discovers religion in time for polling day'.

    It concerns a piece that the Lib Dem leader has written for the Church of England Newspaper. The Telegraph suggests "Nick Clegg appears to have undergone a rapid conversion" on the basis that, despite not believing in God "he claims that Christian values are 'central' to his policies".

  • April 20, 2010

    Just had a lovely message from Peter Tatchell who is supporting the Hang 'Em campaign for a balanced parliament. In it he points out that representative government is a human rights issue, and suggests that a hung parliament is the best chance of achieving it.